It rained quite a bit here the past few days and I’ve learned that cockroaches are not a fan of the rain, because tonight alone I’ve killed three of them and the roach traps are full. Perhaps I should invest in an iguana? Although they’re not attractive and they’re a bit creepy, watching these guys scuttle around reminded me a bit of the traits of entrepreneurs. Odd, I realize, so in my inspiration brought on by cockroaches I’d like to tell you three reasons why cockroaches would make excellent entrepreneurs.
They’re Quick – Have you seen a cockroach scurry when you turn the lights on? Any entrepreneur has to be quick on their toes to secure a new client, find a competitive niche, or develop new business relationships. They have to work twice as hard starting from scratch, so speed helps! Opportunities are harder to secure when starting from nothing so quickly seizing them is to the advantage of survival for the entrepreneur.
They Don’t Die Easily – I can kick em across the room, smoosh em, and try to poison them, and they still won’t die. They take a lickin and keep on tickin! Successful entrepreneurs are much the same. Although I’m sure most people aren’t trying to kill them, most people are trying to kill their dreams and hopes for success, however, they get right back up and scurry towards those dreams without a second thought. This is probably one of the most annoying things about cockroaches, but why they’re so successful.
They’re Adaptable – Roaches eat anything… freshly minted entreprenuers are much the same… Alan Corey ate ramen for three months straight starting out! Now I don’t necessarily mean that entrepreneurs should nly be adaptable with their diet, but they should be willing to do anything it takes to be successful (within the law and moral codes of course 😉 ). They’ll hang out under the fridge for days on end, eat poo, and nearly get killed by humans simply so they can survive, what do you do so your business can survive?
Although I’m not so sure a cockroach has a vision or a business plan they do hold some valuable traits, which make them successful in the business of scavenging and annoying the heck out of me! Persistence, being adaptable, and being quick all allow both the cockroach and the entrepreneur the ability to survive and dare I say thrive in their current markets. They may not be lovable, but they don’t have to be lovable to be successful… neither does an entrepreneur.
Do you have to deal with cockroaches?
Do you know of any entrepreneurs who are as persistent as these little buggers?